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PLATINUM French ANTiQUE Chunky Old Mine Cut DIAMOND Five 5 Stone Ring Boat Wide Band

PLATINUM French ANTiQUE Chunky Old Mine Cut DIAMOND Five 5 Stone Ring Boat Wide Band

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THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT ~
Type: Ring
Materials: Platinum, Diamond
Size: 7 1/2
Era: Victorian (1837-1901)

 

ABOUT:

Nice and sparkly boat face stacker band ring in Platinum. This French antique piece has an elegant linear outline with banded shoulders for a minimalist setting that allows the diamonds to shine. Only the center diamond has an open culet, but they are all old cut. I am getting around half a carat total weight in diamonds.

Antique box not included.

HALLMARKS:
Stamped with the French hallmark for Platinum.

SIZE & MEASUREMENTS:

Size 7 1/2. Weight is 3.1 grams.
The ring face is about 6.2mm north to south and 18mm wide left to right. The center diamond is about 3.5mm with two at 3.2mm and the end two at 2.5mm. Using online estimations my millimeter I am getting around a half to .6 carat total weight in diamonds.

IMPORTANT CONDITION NOTES:

All my pieces are pre-owned and in estate condition. Typical antique diamonds with some natural inclusions. Two of the diamonds have a chip to the side facets with one of those being visible to the eye if you study the edge up close in a reflection where you can see an interruption to the polished facet. But these are on the side so not really apparent while wearing at all as the tops of the diamonds are all shiny and sparkly. No dark inclusions. A bit of organic surface wear to the gold but shank still looks great. Fun piece to wear and stack as it is so sparkly! But Due to age - please note this is not a mint condition item.

Thanks so much for looking at my items!

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A note about antique diamonds:
The whole "4 C's" of cut, color, clarity, carat didn't come about until the 1940s so prior to that and especially on antique pieces, there was not as much emphasis placed on those things. (Sure people probably appreciated a certain look of a certain diamond as it appeared to the eye but it was not a graded scale like we have today.) So it is difficult to judge antique stones against modern day diamonds and their grading system. No two old cuts are the same as they were crafted in times lacking any modern standards. The diamond cutters of the time were experts at hand cutting each stone to enhance it which means that even lower color grades can be cut to appear whiter. (Although it is also worth noting that many antique jewelry collectors prefer and seek out antique diamonds with warmer hues.)
It is also interesting that "lower graded" diamonds in today's scale system, were some of the best on the market during this period! So it is less about their grades and more about the unique play of light and color that each one can offer. I read one article that put it nicely: “When searching for the perfect old cut diamond (for you), you need to view them through different eyes as you would for a modern diamond, Laboratory grading reports don’t offer too much information in regards to their individual beauty or sparkle which are based more on their individual character and uniqueness that each one potentially offers.” Often there are variations of diamonds in the same piece as the goldsmiths created pieces with the stones they had available to them.
Just an interesting comparison of antique vs. modern diamonds. : )

#C@.112

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